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Hong Kong losing edge to Singapore as legal hub? No major shift, ‘stable and robust’ judiciary still strong, says lawyer in John Lee’s delegation to Asean countries

Law Society council member Ronald Sum says he will fend off criticism of Hong Kong’s legal system during week-long trip, which he faced on previous overseas visitVeteran arbitration lawyer Christopher To dismisses claims that city is losing out to rival SingaporeHong Kong politicsKahon ChanPublished: 9:00am, 23 Jul, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

Hong Kong’s legal community voiced confidence in the city’s status as an arbitration hub as Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu left on Sunday for a week-long trip to Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia.

On a mission to promote Hong Kong as a place for business and professional services, his first stop is Singapore, where he is expected to meet Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday.

Lawyer Ronald Sum Kwan-ngai, who is among about 30 top business representatives and professionals included in the delegation, said he was prepared to fend off criticism of Hong Kong’s legal system, something he had faced on a previous overseas visit.

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“On one occasion, someone asked me right on stage whether Hong Kong still had a safe legal system,” he recalled. “As a lawyer, I hope I can help other representatives address such questions.”

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